Cats. Kitties. They’re adorable and fun. They also enjoy their “alone time” a lot. But there’s so much more to your cute feline friend than meets the eye. Here are some fun facts about cats that will make even dog lovers appreciate these omnipresent creatures.
Cat Person? You’re Not Alone!
If you categorize yourself as a “cat person,” you are a part of an immensely large group. Statistics say that 11.5 percent of people around the globe consider themselves as cat lovers.
The first ever feline to make a trip to space was named Felicette. When she survived the mission, she was given the pet name “Aristocrat.”
Brainy Kitty Kitty
Cats are smart animals. It’s really not a wonder since a feline’s brain is 90 percent similar to the human brain.
Sleep All Day Long
Cats sleep for about 16 to 18 hours a day. Kittens sleep even longer as their growth hormones are discharged when they’re napping.
You Hurt Cats; You Get Hurt
In ancient Egypt, anyone who intentionally hurts a cat will suffer severe punishment.
Because Girls are Royalty
A male cat is a “Tom.” A female cat is a “Queen.”
Night Vision On
Felines are nearsighted. However, their night and peripheral visions are a lot superior to that of humans.
Cats rarely make a noise when they walk around, thanks to the soft, thick pads on their paws. This makes it easy for them to sneak up on their humans and their prey!
Felines use their tails to balance themselves, especially when they’re jumping.
Built-in Space Detector
Whiskers are important so felines can “feel” the world around them. They use their whiskers to figure out if they can fit into small spaces.
Felines have an extra organ that enables them to “taste” the air. So, when you see cats grimacing, they are actually “taste-scenting.”
Just by owning a cat, a person can reduce the risk of a heart attack or any heart-related condition by a third.
Special “Cat” Walk
When walking, cats move both of their right feet first. Afterwards, they move both of their left feet. Only three animals have this unique walking pattern: cats, camels, and giraffes.
Rightie or Leftie?
40 percent of felines are either left- or right-pawed. Female cats are more likely to be righties while male cats are more likely to be lefties. Some are also ambidextrous.
Not Afraid of the Water
Some cat breeds can swim well.
Catnip a.k.a. Cat Marijuana
According to research, catnips produce nepetalactone – a chemical that makes cats hyper and crazy. The marijuana effect usually lasts for 15 minutes, and won’t resurface for a few hours even if the feline is near catnip.
Spay, Neuter, and Live Longer
According to The Banfield Pet Hospital, spaying and neutering can extend a feline’s life. Neutered males can live 62 percent longer than not neutered ones. On the other hand, spayed females can live 39 percent longer than un-spayed ones.
Grooming is More Than Vanity
A cat’s grooming process stimulates the feline’s blood flow and regulates body temperature. Cats can also groom other cats. It’s a feline ritual called the allogrooming.
Research states that cats have been domesticated pets since 3600 B.C., which is roughly 2000 years before the rise of the pharaohs of Egypt.
Let Me Hear Your Purr
Purring can be translated in various ways. If a cat purrs, it can be a form of self-healing. It can likewise be a sign of agitation or anxiety. Furthermore, it’s also a sign of contentment.
To communicate with their owners – or any other humans for that matter – adult felines meow. Also, cats can easily recognize the voice of their owners.
To date, the world’s richest feline is worth 13 million USD. When his owner passed away, she left a large bulk of her fortune to her pet.
Felines are extremely fussy when it comes to their water bowls. Most choose to ignore their containers altogether and opt to drink from the kitchen faucet.
Felines love to sleep on things that smell like their humans. They’re even known to sleep on their owner’s dirty laundry. Speaking of which, cats also love to take naps in laundry baskets as they see it as a fun hiding place with several peep holes.
Sign of Boredom
When a cat attacks her owner’s ankles, she’s bored.
Certain breeds of cats prefer specific types of food that can be a bit bizarre for a pet. For instance, they like potato chips, beer froth, and olives.
Aroused Male Cats Do Crazy Things
Male cats show strange behavior when they try to get a female cat in heat. Some slide down the chimney to demonstrate their excitement.
Cats are wonderful. Even if you don’t own one, a quick cat .gif online can make you smile. Here are 40 precious quotes about cats that will brighten your day!
40 Cat Quotes
“It is very inconvenient habit of kittens (Alice had once made the remark) that, whatever you say to them they always purr.” – Lewis Carroll
“A lie is like a cat: You need to stop it before it gets out the door or it’s really hard to catch.” – Charles M. Blow
“I take care of my flowers and my cats. And enjoy food. And that’s living.” – Ursula Andress
“Time spent with a cat is never wasted.” – Colette
“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” – Robert A. Heinlein
“If cats looked like frogs we’d realize what nasty, cruel little bastards they are. Style. That’s what people remember.” – Terry Pratchett
“There are two means of refuge from the misery of life — music and cats.” – Albert Schweitzer
“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.” – Christopher Hitchens
“Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.” – James Herriot
“One day I was counting the cats and I absent-mindedly counted myself.” – Bobbie Ann Mason